Tag: pursue God
Scripture reading for October 21st: 1st Timothy 6:1-21
The false teachers of Paul’s day often used their religion to make money. The idols of Ephesus supported a large trade union of silversmiths who made a living off of selling idols. The keepers of the idol temples made money from prostitution that was used to worship. Some of the so-called ‘Christian’ teachers also taught that God wanted people to be rich.
“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (1st Timothy 6:3-5) These teachers used words, controversial doctrines, and promoted envy and strife in the body of Christ. Paul warned Timothy to beware of their tactics and steadfastly teach and model the truth.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1st Timothy 6:6-10a) Paul told Timothy that godliness is great gain for those who are content in Jesus Christ. A focus on obtaining lots of money can be a trap of Satan. The love of money is a strong force driving people into idolatry and away from God.
Timothy, as a young minister, must flee from this love of money and the trap of the devil by pursuing righteousness and godliness through faith and love. “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called,” (1st Timothy 6:12a) Paul wanted Timothy to have a great reward from Jesus Christ when He appeared!
We must keep pressing on to conform our lives to that of Christ. Godliness is great gain when Christ appears in His glory! We must use our money, possessions, gifts and faith to produce good works that will bring eternal riches!